So you finally are about ready to do it, or so you have thought about only a few hundred times. Maybe even attempted a few hundred times only to find your way back to the store buying another pack. It is very hard to stop and drop the nasty habit. But that is just what it is “a nasty habit.” A habit that can be broken. I smoked for 10 years and now have been smoke free for 7 years. My mother, who has been a smoker for over 40 years, has dropped the habit and has been smoke free also for 7 years. She quit a few months after me.
Before you can stop smoking, you first need to fall out of love with it. Many people say, “oh I need to quit..but it is just to hard, etc..” Smoking is additive, but it is completely mind over matter. The mental addiction is more powerful then the physical. The first step to stop smoking is to tell every cigarette how much you hate them before you draw a puff. Every time you smoke, have the same conversation with each cigarette either out loud or in your head. Start breaking the bond that you treasure. Let them know, that they discuss you. Watch them with a look of pure hatred. Say out loud, that they make you sick to think about and put in your mouth. This step is very important in leaving behind the nasty habit. It prepares you mentally to quit. This can take weeks or months, but is necessary in order to move forward.
A lung damaged from smoking. In the mean time, while you’re breaking the bond, gather some knowledge. What are the benefits to stop smoking? Write these down on a sheet of paper and place them where you can see them. To list a few benefits: Your and your families’ health improve, save money, whiter teeth, possible lower insurance premiums, lower risk of cancer, a cleaner smelling home, your hair and clothes won’t smell like an ashtray, no more stinky car.
When you’ve decided you’ve had enough and before you finish your last very cigarette, try to make it a big deal. Think of an elaborate way to tell you final cigarette good-buy. Example maybe, depending on the type of person you are, a simple tell it goodbye as you draw your last puff. Another more elaborate way would be, toss it into a 2 liter bottle of coke along with a mentos and watch it explode.
Ok, the day of the big event. You are mentally ready and have told your last cigarette goodbye. Now is the time to throw away any stashed packs, wash out and store all ashtrays, wash your hair and clothes, clean your house, wash the drapes, spray Lysol or Febreeze. Not even a smoker wants to ruin a freshly smelling environment. Go the dentist and have your teeth clean and clean any discoloration from your finger nails.
Stay away from places where you typically smoke (the local pub, the place for after work drinks). Drinking alcohol will reduce your willpower like nothing else. If you smoke in your car then remove the lighters ( in-car lighter also). Hang up an air freshener. If you smoke outside, place a large plant in the area and unscrew the porch light bulb. Anything to make you think again about going out to smoke.
You must understand that not everyone can quit “Cold Turkey”, and most of the time, you return smoking within 3 months. Prepare yourself for withdrawals and cravings. Below are some tips provided that may assist you on your journey toward freedom.
- Nicotine Patches
- Nicotine Replacement therapy
- Herbal Remedies
- It is always recommended to see a doctor before starting any new drug or treatment.